Report: Pedro Ciriaco Being Considered for Outfield Spot in Hopes of Increasing Options for Playing Time

by NESN Staff

August 10, 2012

Report: Pedro Ciriaco Being Considered for Outfield Spot in Hopes of Increasing Options for Playing TimeThe Red Sox are looking for new ways to get Pedro Ciriaco into the lineup, and moving him to a new position is an option on the table.

Ciriaco was approached by manager Bobby Valentine about the possibility of playing left field on Friday against Cleveland, but the Sox utilityman indicated that he is not quite comfortable enough with the position yet.

The 26-year-old has bounced around between shortstop, second base and designated hitter for the Sox this season, batting .306 since his arrival on a full-time basis July 13. He did enter a game as a pinch hitter in Toronto and played an inning in right field, but Ciriaco has only logged 6 1/3 career innings in the outfield during his time in the major leagues.

Interestingly enough, Ciriaco's competition for a starting job at his natural position — Mike Aviles — trained as an outfielder during this offseason. The team scrapped plans for that, however, after trading Marco Scutaro to Colorado. The Red Sox also recently picked up Scott Podsednik again, meaning that Ciriaco would have even more competition in the outfield for playing time.

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